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Local SES volunteer on winning team

Artarmon local Andrew Hurley is part of the Willoughby-Lane Cove State Emergency Service (SES) team which in June was placed sixth in the biannual SES state disaster rescue competition among teams across NSW. The placing follows the team's May win in the 2011 SES Sydney northern region rescue competition.

The state competition tested SES volunteers' skills, training, teamwork and leadership through a simulated large-scale disaster - this year's theme was an aircraft accident.

The placing was particularly impressive, team leader David Lowe said, because the unit had not competed in the state disaster competition in more than 10 years.

"The team did what was asked of them and more, performing extremely well under the challenging conditions. I couldn't have asked for a better team," David said. "The competition also provided a great opportunity for increased learning opportunities."

Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly congratulated the unit on their impressive result. "Well done to the Willoughby-Lane Cove SES unit," he said. "I know the team and other volunteers have trained tirelessly over the last couple of months in preparation for the competition. They have done the local Willoughby area proud."

Residents who require emergency assistance during storms and flood should contact the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, call 000

Courtesy of Gazette August 2011
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